Gryphon hoops women edged by Lakehead

THUNDER BAY – Despite a comeback effort in the final couple of minutes of the game, the Guelph Gryphons dropped their first OUA women’s basketball league game of 2018 by a 70-68 score to the Lakehead Thunderwolves Friday night at Lakehead’s Thunderdome.

The Gryphs trailed by seven points with just under two and a half minutes to go and got it to the final two-point margin with by scoring the final four points of the game – two on free throws by Burke Bechard with 35 seconds to go and the other two on a layup by Ashley Wheeler at the buzzer.

Guelph had led the close battle 23-20 at the end of the first quarter, 37-33 at halftime and 54-52 after the third quarter. However, a 13-4 run by the hosts in the first six minutes of the final quarter put Lakehead up for good.

Bechard led the Gryphs with 15 points while Wheeler had 14, Haley Belyk added 12, Megan Brenkel had nine and Ivana Vujadinovic collected eight. Wheeler and Quincy Sickles-Jarvis each had nine rebounds while Skyla Minaker had four assists and four steals and Belyk had four assists and three steals.

Leashja Grant led Lakehead with 22 points while Nikki Ylagan had 19 and Tiffany Reynolds and Jerika Baldin had seven apiece. Grant hauled down 15 rebounds while Lily Gruber-Schulz had 12 and Baldin had six assists.

The Gryphs shot 38 per cent from the floor, 20 per cent on three-pointers and 82 per cent on free throws. Lakehead hit 45 per cent from the floor, 43 per cent on three-pointers and 50 per cent on free throws.

Lakehead is tied for second in the West Division at 7-4 while the Gryphs are sixth at 5-6.

The Gyphs and Thunderwolves are to meet again Saturday at 6 p.m. at Lakehead.

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